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Ignite your old wine words, how many high-year whiskies have you seen?

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Discussing high-age old wines in whisky is a topic that will never go out of fashion.


After a long period of time, the whisky not only gives the drink a better taste, but also has a bottle of high-grade whisky, which is also regarded as the most basic configuration of the old man.



According to Rare Whisky, the high-country whisky collection index has risen from 100 to 850 in the decade from 2008 to 2018, and the high-grade whisky has become one of the most popular whiskies in the drink.


From a time perspective, although the winery has launched whiskeys of 40 years, 50 years and above at regular intervals. However, the whiskeys marked 1938 and 1956, like the official kiln porcelain in the Ming and Qing Dynasties in China, will only become more and more rare and cannot be copied!



For Scotland, whisky distillery has been established for more than a hundred years, but there are few wineries that can continue to operate continuously, so it is extremely difficult for every bottle of high-grade whisky to be preserved.


Today we will talk about the old wines in the whisky.



Gordon & Macphail

Linkwood 1956


In the past, Gordon & Macphail has launched countless high-sounding whiskies that have shocked the world. It is no exaggeration to say that nearly half of today's Scottish high-grade whiskies are from Gordon & Macphail.


Linkwood 1956 is one of the most representative whiskies that Gordon & Macphail launched last year. It is the last bucket of Linkwood in the world's last 1950s, and it's a precious thing.



It may be difficult for many people to understand why such a precious whisky was introduced by Gordon & Macphail, not the Linkwood Winery?


In the year of distillation of Linkwood 1956, it happened to be the World War II period when supplies were extremely scarce. At the time, only a few Scottish wineries remained inefficient. The whisky produced in this case is very limited in itself, and it can be saved after so long consumption.



After 60 years of gestation, this whisky only got 56 bottles of bottling, and only three bottles in the domestic quota, even Gordon & Macphail president Stephen Lankin felt:


“This incredible whisky is the pinnacle of our family's knowledge and skills passed down from generation to generation!”



BenRiach Distillery

Benjac 1966


Last year, Benjac had just passed the 120th anniversary of the establishment of the winery, but in the Speyer region of Scotland, Benjac is still a very young winery.


Prior to this, Benjac has been launching whisky for more than 40 years. Since the establishment of the Benjac winery from John Duff, the winery has experienced many long and repeated closures and mergers and acquisitions.



After Billy Walker acquired Benjac, the high-grade whisky that was left in the winery warehouse was very rare. Until 2012, there were only two barrels left in these high-year whiskies.


After a rigorous selection, Billy Walker bottling one of the Baccarat whiskies, which had a barrel number of 2381 and a distillation year of 1966, under the name "VESTIGE".



This symbolizes the eternal and eternal Bialyc 1966. The matured year is 46 years, and the number of bottling is only 62 bottles. It is the highest year of whisky introduced by Benjac, and it is also one of the few. High-grade mellow.


The limited number of bottlings makes it difficult for domestic drinkers to see their true contents.



Benromach Distillery

Ben Norman 1974


Benomank has always been known as the “Speise's smallest whiskey distillery”, and its classic Spieser-style whisky of the 1960s is even more famous.


However, Ben Normank did not escape the fate of most Scotch whiskies. Since 1898, small-scale operations have required Benomanke to take on more risks, so Benomann has always been in a state of displacement.



In 1993, after Gordon & Macphail accepted Ben Norm, the winery had almost one empty shell. How to find the original style personality of the winery? The answer lies in the high-volume single-barrel whiskey that lie in the warehouse and baptizes time.


For the winery, Benomann 1974 is an exceptionally precious whisky. It not only serves as a good guide for Benomann's resumption of production. From a certain point of view, it is also a symbol of the division of the winery era, and the preciousness is self-evident.



This whisky was produced in the 1583 Shirley barrel after 41 years of gestation, and was sold under the operation of the Gordon family, with 452 bottles. As the representative of the old Speyer whiskey, this Ben Norman 1974 is quite typical.



GlenDronach Distillery

Grandona 1972


In recent years, the Glendonna Winery, known for its Shirley flavor, has become one of the most watched wineries in Scotland. The magnificent series and barrel series launched by them have always had a good reputation in the hearts of the drinkers.


However, whether it is the magnificent series or the barrel strong series, their years are not too high. Among the high-year whiskies, the most mysterious is the Grandon 1972 single-barrel whisky that was launched a few years ago.



In the era of Billy Walker, Glendonna’s rumors of a sharp drop in stocks led to the suspension of production in the 15 years of the reinstatement of the Granda, which was not resumed until the second half of last year.


Also in those years, Grandona introduced a number of high-quality, high-year Shirley whiskies, including the Grande 1972. Once the Grandon 1972 single-barrel whisky was launched, it caused a strong response in the market.



At the MMA Malt Madman Award, the Grande 1972 single barrel won a gold medal for four consecutive years. This situation makes this treasure quickly digested by the market. Now I want to buy a bottle of Grandon 1972 single barrel, it is estimated that I can only go to the auction site.


As the market continues to increase the acceptance of whisky, the Scottish winery will have more money and energy to cultivate more quality high-grade whiskies. Of course, some whiskies that have been discontinued or long-lived may only be found in the Gordon & Macphail warehouse!


Despite this, high-grade whisky is still a luxury that can't be climbed up for ordinary drinkers!



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